McIlroy eyes Masters after Dubai win

Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:07pm EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy turned his thoughts to April's U.S. Masters and declared that he was back to his ominous best after seven birdies in 11 holes helped him win the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy’s one-stroke victory over England’s Andy Sullivan capped an impressive recovery by the Northern Irishman after ruptured ankle ligaments denied him the chance to defend his British Open title in July.

"I think I'm right there," McIlroy told reporters when asked how near he was to peak form.

"The only thing that's been holding me back over the past few weeks was my putting. My ball-striking is right where I want it to be.

"All aspects of my game are in good shape now. If my game is in this shape going into next year, I'd be very happy and feel I could do very well."

The four-time major winner’s victory at the European Tour finale provided an upbeat ending to a topsy-turvy season.

In February, McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic to cement his position as the world number one.

Although two further victories followed, Jordan Spieth of the United States, who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open titles, and Australia’s Jason Day, who won the PGA Championship, moved ahead of the 26-year-old in the world rankings.   Continued...

Golf - DP World Tour Championship - Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 22/11/15
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates his bogey at the 17th hole during the final round
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